All of the major mental health groups have united to create “A Unified Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Use Care.” The Mental Health Summit has now endorsed this Unified Vision. Key elements of the vision include:
Early identification and Prevention–Achieve optimal outcomes through prevention, early identification and intervention, with a targeted focus on children, youth and families.
Emergency and Crisis Response–Improve crisis response and suicide/overdose prevention.
Equity–Address social/political constructs and historical systemic injustices, such as racism and discriminatory structures and policies, that disproportionately impact the mental health of people of color. Eliminate inequitable conditions for people with mental health and substance use conditions.
Integration–Improve access to services and quality of care by integrating physical health, mental health, and substance use services.
Parity–Ensure fair and equivalent coverage for mental health and substance use disorders.
Standards–Hold systems accountable to evidence-based standards of care that improve outcomes and quality of life.
Workforce–Increase the number and diversity of mental health and substance use disorder providers.
The following organizations drafted this Vision:
American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, The Kennedy Forum, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Mental Health America, Steinberg Institute, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Nation Council for Behavioral Health, One Mind, Pegs Foundation and the Well Being Trust